The Queen and Prince Philip continued their South-East Asian tour last Sunday (5th March) with a brief visit to the Anzuk base in Singapore.
The Queen and Prince Philip continued their South-East Asian tour last Sunday (5th March) with a brief visit to the Anzuk base in Singapore. The Queen inspected troops at Kangaw Camp, and then boarded the royal Yacht Britannia during the afternoon to sail for Malaysia.
The Anzuk force is of modest size -- seven thousand troops, half Australian, the rest British and New Zealand -- and serves as a defence force east of Suez.
This was the Queen's second visit to Singapore on the tour. She and Prince Philip arrived from Sarawak accompanied by her Uncle Earl Mountbatten of Burma. Princess Anne also travelled on the royal yacht but left for London soon after arrival to prepare for the Badminton Horse trials and her challenge for a place in the British Equestrian Team at the Munich Olympics.
SYNOPSIS: The Royal yacht Britannia arriving in Singapore last Sunday. On board Queen Elizabeth of britain prepared to make her next stop during her six-week tour of South-East Asia. During the morning she was to inspect troops of the recently-commissioned ANZUK Force stationed there.
The Queen descends the gangplank, accompanied by Prince Philip. She was greeted by Rear Admiral Wells, Commander of ANZUK forces. The Queen's uncle, Lord Mountbatten was also among the royal party. Princess Anne remained on board. Later she flew back to England to prepare her challenge for a place in the British Olympic Equestrian Team.
This is the second time the Queen has visited Singapore. It was a brief stay and in the afternoon she was due to set sail again for Malacca and Penang to conclude the Malaysian part of the tour.
Servicemen's families were among the crowds assembled to great the Queen on her arrival at Kangaw Camp, the main ANZUK base. The ANZUK force is made up of units from Australia, New Zealand and Britain. It became operational only at the end of last year after the disbandment of Britain's former Far Eastern Command.
As the Queen and Prince Philip moved off back to the yacht to continue the tour, the troops showed their appreciation of this royal visit.